Radioactive Cesium-137 Still Contaminates Soil at 1959 Santa Suzana Meltdown Site (California)

via Los Angeles Daily News:

Rocketdyne radiation is still abundant

By Susan Abram, Staff

Posted: 03/05/2012 07:49:52 PM PST March 6, 2012 3:51 AM GMT

Updated: 03/05/2012 07:51:34 PM PST

Some levels of radioactive chemicals found on a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site were as much as 1,000 times higher than standards, according to federal data released on Monday.

Acting as an independent monitor, officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted radiological surveys on a portion of the land known as Area IV, where a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor occurred in 1959.

Seven radioactive isotopes, including one known as cesium-137, measured at levels between 100 to 1,000 times higher than the standards. Other radionuclides that suggest nuclear presence include strontium-90, tritium, plutonium, and carbon-14.

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here’s the background if you are not familiar with the United States biggest nuclear meltdown:


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